(1) Admission Policy
The Faculty of International Social Sciences welcomes students with an ambition to become professionally active in an international environment. The faculty aspires to contribute to the good of humanity by educating them as individuals with the ability to work collaboratively with people of all different nationalities and the ability to respond proactively in the context of international business at home and abroad. To act effectively in the complex environment of international society, an understanding of its structures is required. To this end, the Faculty of International Social Sciences aims to develop students’ ability to apply the approaches and techniques of the social sciences—specifically law, economics, business management, area studies, and sociology—to analyse and understand the issues and phenomena of international society from a broad perspective. Another indispensable skill is that of communication: one needs to communicate to others the ideas formulated in one’s own mind. The Faculty of International Social Sciences therefore also aims to facilitate the development of students’ skills to share information and ideas in English.
The Faculty of International Social Sciences provides a particularly encouraging program for people with a spirit of challenge who wish, in the age of globalization, to actively seek a role for themselves in an international environment. Based on a fundamental knowledge of the systems and history of international society, the Faculty of International Social Sciences undertakes logical analysis, using data to establish current conditions and test hypotheses. Based on the results of the analysis, we then work out potential solutions to the various issues arising in the international economy and society. Students wishing to study at the Faculty of International Social Sciences are therefore expected to have studied actively and widely at high-school level across a range of subjects in addition to social sciences, including mathematics. In addition, they are expected to take an interest in the diverse issues of international society presented through television, newspapers, books, the Internet, and other media, and to acquire the ability to formulate their own ideas and opinions in response. As importance is attached to becoming proficient in the English language, students are expected to devote adequate time to be exposed to the language starting from the high-school stage.
(2) Curriculum Policy
The Faculty of International Social Sciences offers a curriculum that fuses English-language education with the social sciences in a way that improves proficiency in English, develops the ability to understand the structures of international society through social science techniques, and cultivates the ability to devise, present, and discuss solutions to problems. By equipping students with communicative and problem-solving skills, our aim is to produce accomplished graduates, who will be in a position to become professionally active in international business environments. High English-language proficiency will be cultivated over the four years of the program through English-language courses and social science courses (lectures).
In English-language courses, the ability to use the language effectively is fostered through the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) approach. In social science subject courses likewise, the amount of instruction in English is increased year by year throughout the program. By the time of their graduation, students will have acquired the proficiency high enough to study their major in the social sciences exclusively in English. In social sciences education, having acquired an understanding of the structures and systems of international society, students will learn how to research issues in international society, and subsequently how to go about devising solutions. Specifically, through these courses, students will undertake systematic social science studies covering the areas of law, economics, business management, area studies, and sociology. In parallel, the basic seminars in the first year will introduce basic social science techniques to investigate the phenomena and issues of international society. The third-year advanced seminars and the fourth-year graduation thesis will cultivate the ability to apply the social science techniques studied so far, employing data to undertake analysis from a range of perspectives, and finding, presenting, and discussing solutions to issues. The compulsory study abroad will provide an opportunity for students to enhance the competence and confidence in English, to understand the diversity of the world, and to learn to adapt in a cross-cultural environment. In seminars after their return to Japan, students will consider how to make use of their study-abroad experience in the future.
(3) Diploma Policy
The Faculty of International Social Sciences will award the bachelor degree of social sciences to students who have completed the required period of enrollment and earned the required credits in accordance with the program regulations. The graduates are recognized by the faculty to have gained the necessary linguistic ability to function in an international business environment, acquired fundamental knowledge of international society, and learned basic research techniques. That is, the degree will be awarded to students who have followed the curriculum designed to meet the following objectives for students: (1) to have interests and concerns for the issues of the diverse international society, to learn methods of analysis using social science techniques, and to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to respond to the complexity of international society, and (2) to acquire the English proficiency necessary to become active in international society including presentation and discussion skills, and to develop the logical thinking and problem-solving abilities to maximize the benefit of the linguistic abilities in the international business environment.